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Vehicle Industry Certificate in Supply Chain Management

Wayne State University, in cooperation with AIAG, is offering a non-degree certificate program designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues in the context of the global vehicle industry.

Vehicle industry supply chain issues are especially focused on purchasing and supplier development, risk management, inbound logistics, after-market parts management and a rather unique kind of outbound vehicle transportation. Participants will learn about a broad range of vehicle industry oriented supply chain topics including SCM strategy, SCM finance, forecasting, negotiations, procurement strategy, supplier development, risk management, production operations, quality management processes and Six Sigma, trade management, logistics and transportation management.

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Program Dates

Winter Session:

  • Feb. 6 Intro/ SCM Strategy in the Vehicle Industry
  • Feb. 13 Globalization and Vehicle SCM
  • Feb. 27 SCM Finance
  • Mar. 6 ERP and Decision Support Tools
  • Mar. 20 Forecasting and Demand Planning In the Vehicle Industry
  • Mar. 27 Negotiation and Purchasing Legal
  • Apr. 3 Procurement Strategy
  • Apr. 17 Buyer/Seller Relations and Innovation
  • Apr. 24 Supplier Development and Risk Management
  • May 8 Theory of Constraints and Problem Solving
  • May 15 Manufacturing/Scheduling/Capacity In the Vehicle Industry
  • May 29 Plant Tour
  • Jun. 5 Six Sigma and Quality Management and First Half Wrap-Up
  • Summer 2014 Summer Break Company Project

Fall Session:

  • Sep. 4 Global SCM and Logistics Strategy In the Vehicle Industry
  • Sep. 11 Global Sourcing and Total Enterprise Cost
  • Sep. 18 Global Customs/Security Management
  • Oct. 2 Warehousing/Sequencing/Cross-Dock/Pooling Strategy and Operations
  • Oct. 9 Supplier/Sequencing Center Tour
  • Oct. 16 Inventory Management Strategy
  • Oct. 23 Materials Management/Beer Game
  • Nov. 6 Transportation Management and 3PL's-Packaging Returnables
  • Nov. 13 Transportation Safety and Legal
  • Nov. 20 Component Transportation Management
  • Dec. 4 Finished Vehicle Transportation
  • Dec. 11 Wrap-up/Graduation
Please Note: In order to receive a fully endorsed Certificate, students must attend at least 85% of all sessions, satisfactorily complete the project, and satisfactorily participate in simulation exercises and class discussions.


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This class requires the enrollment form to be completed and faxed (248) 799-7955 or emailed to our training department at

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Who Should Attend

This Certificate Program is designed for high potential candidates from a variety of vehicle industry OEM, Tier 1 and 2, 3PL, service and carrier organizations. Typical participants may be relatively new to supply chain functions, or may not have been exposed to supply chain concepts in college, or may have attended supply chain programs that were not focused on vehicle industry issues. Students are likely to come from manufacturing, marketing, engineering, purchasing, logistics, trade management, or related functions.

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Course Outline

    This program will be held over the course of a year with separate winter and fall classroom terms. The overall program will consist of some 22 distinct classroom sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursday afternoon/evenings from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sessions will be spread out over the course of the year with some break weeks throughout the year to allow for travel, personal weeks, etc. Some sessions will involve a combination of academic and industry faculty on the same topics. A typical session could involve an introduction to the topic, followed by a light meal break, and continuing with a more applied discussion of the topic. Sessions will be held at AIAG headquarters in Southfield, MI.


    The program faculty will consist of a combination of supply chain academics and industry supply chain professionals. Program sessions will include a combination of lectures, classroom discussions, cases, tours, internet sessions, and simulations. Course content will be loaded on the Wayne State Blackboard course administration system. The program will include state-of-the-art SCM simulation games and a research project that participants will conduct at their respective companies. The project will focus on a problem of interest to the participant's employer and will explore an opportunity to solve a problem, reduce costs or improve operations. At the end of the year students will have learned about supply chain concepts and issues, best practices, analysis tools and industry application of concepts.

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